Non-invasive wood identification of historical musical bows

Fioravanti, M. and Di Giulio, G. and Signorini, G. and Rossi Rognoni, G. and Sodini, N. and Tromba, G. and Zanini, F. (2017) Non-invasive wood identification of historical musical bows. IAWA Journal (International Association of Wood Anatomists), 38 (3). pp. 285-296. ISSN 0928-1541 (E-ISSN 2294-1932)


The article describes methods and outcomes of the experimental application of X-ray microtomography towards the identification of the wood species of eight 18th-century bows from the historical collection of the Conservatorio L. Cherubini/Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence. The investigation was undertaken at the Syncrotron Electra in Trieste in collaboration with the University of Florence and led to more accurate non-destructive documentation of the materials of the bows towards a more accurate attribution, documentation and conservation.

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